Testimonials in Regina
A Paramount Backyard
By Jodi Gillich, Regina Leader Post
Charlene Nelson and Kurtis Richet’s house is tucked away at the quiet end of a cul-de-sac – the ideal location for a serene getaway. The couple – self-described homebodies – wanted to relax in their backyard: enjoy a glass of wine, read a good book, and play with their two Bichon Shih Tzus, Peanut and Lucy. They hoped for a water feature that would add to the tranquil scene, offering the soothing sound of running water.
And after their first landscaper walked away before finishing the job, that’s exactly what Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding gave them.
“It’s gorgeous,” said Nelson, who contacted Brent Waliduda, owner of Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding, when the first landscaper stopped returning the couple’s calls.
Things ended up working out for the best, said Nelson, who has called the house 'home' with Richet for 15 years. “We met Brent and he’s done a fabulous job for us.”
Nelson is thrilled with her new backyard, which features Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding's elegantly curved three-tier water feature, complete with lights that glow ethereally at night and shelves to hold aquatic plants. The water feature – located to the northwest central area of the yard – is bordered by lawn, plants, a nearby river rock garden and large oak trees. Attached to the back of the house is a deck that descends to a patio seating area, and paths wind around the yard.
From the couple’s first meeting with Waliduda, they knew he understood what they were trying to achieve. Although he had to tear apart a lot of the other landscaper’s work, including all of the existing brick work, Waliduda worked with Nelson and Richet to come up with a design they would be pleased with – and that worked; he tested the feature’s water flow and checked for leaks several times to make sure it worked perfectly. Waliduda also used some of the materials the first landscaper had purchased to save money.
“We tried to fit it together to make it more desirable and make sure they were happy with the end result,” said Waliduda of the design, which was tailored to suit the couple’s budget and lifestyle. And the end result? Stunning, Waliduda admitted. Even the smallest details were taken into consideration, like the addition of lawn mower edge bricks to the ground level pond so that lawn mowing would be easier, and the use of stones that meshed with the couple’s river rock garden.
Nelson and Richet’s large yard had always been a bit of a handful. For years it was in desperate need of taming. The couple had spent countless hours working in the yard, but they seemed to go nowhere fast, Nelson said. After trying – unsuccessfully – to install a pond themselves, Nelson and Richet finally decided to contact a professional in 2009.
“What we were doing on our own was the vision that we had – it was okay, but we knew it could be better,” said Nelson.
Two years later and after a disappointing experience with their first landscaper, the couple had no idea that fate had something – or rather, someone – better in store.
“He loves what he does,” said Nelson of Waliduda, who impressed her with his professionalism and talent. “I can’t say enough good things about the work he did and how he went about doing it.”
Going above and beyond the call of landscaping duty is something Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding – which was formed about three years ago – takes pride in, Waliduda said. From yards to driveways and everything in between, the company creates innovative designs and landscapes to suit any budget.
“We started the company to try to do exceptional work, and work with clients through every step of the process – from design to picking materials to making sure that the installation process is what they will like,” said Waliduda. “And hopefully everyone, like Charlene, is going to come out and say that we’ve done exceptional work and they’re more than satisfied.”
Waliduda’s love of landscaping started early. He remembers playing with plants as a kid on his family’s farm, located south of Prince Albert. Later on, he earned a degree in agriculture and horticulture from the University of Saskatchewan, and he farmed before taking a job in the public service.
It wasn’t long before Waliduda missed his farming roots. He had always enjoyed designing and building projects, so he decided to follow his passion. He completed a Landscape Architecture and Garden Design Diploma course and started Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding.
Waliduda’s background in farming taught him how to work with the land, and his education gave him the practical know-how to design and execute even the most complicated landscapes. For its work – including trees, lawns and plantings — with the Parade of Homes in Harbour Landing, Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding recently won the 2011 Best Landscape Project Master Award from the Regina & Region Home Builders’ Association.
As his business is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after landscaping companies in Regina, Waliduda is busy and happy.
“I have a lot of freedom to create, work with people, and create an exterior room that they are going to love, and it’s going to be there for many years to come,” he said.
Even though the warm days of summer haven’t quite arrived, Nelson is already envisioning flowers blooming around the water feature and birds splashing in the pond. The couple plans to stay in their home for another 15 years, and they’re looking forward to finally enjoying their new space.
“For a long time we didn’t even want to sit out in the back because it was just a sea of mud – dug-up hills and there was no grass, and of course with my dogs going in and out, I had muddy footprints all over,” Nelson said. Now Peanut and Lucy like the backyard so much, they stick to the paths.
With Paramount Plantscapes and Hydro Seeding, Nelson and Richet didn’t just get what they hoped for; they got the relaxing backyard oasis of their dreams.